I Spy Friday: Driftwood


You guessed it!  After completing our killer driftwood project this week, Holden and I set out for the beach to hunt for some driftwood “in the wild”.

We picked the day right after a storm, so the tide was really high and there were pieces of driftwood EVERYWHERE!  This driftwood was very newly fallen, though, so many pieces did not have the worn look that results from crashing among the waves and being hit by sand-laden wind for weeks or months.  We found a few really smooth pieces, though.

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It was a really fun excursion because only a few other people were daring enough to brave the tide, and there were lots of seashells to look at and swirly sea foam for Holden to touch.


When we found our first really smooth piece of driftwood to look at, Holden said, “Ewww, that’s gross!”  He had no problem, however, grabbing handfuls of the vomit-like floating sea foam.  Go figure!

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Sea foam

Bonus of the day: I discovered that my years-old, $15-on-sale fake leather boots from Target TOTALLY held up to the water.  Check it out! (Hint: turn down your volume. Holden’s normal mode of communication these days is in squeals!)

His favorite part of the day were all the seagulls.  He was very bewildered that they would not let him pet them like doggies do.  He was being so kind and gentle, after all.


On the way home, we saw the most gorgeous sunset.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a sky this beautiful.  It was bright pink and as we drove over bridges, it shone over the dark shadows of tiny land masses in the water to create a make-believe world.  It was really magical!  When I pointed out its beauty to Holden, he snobbishly turned his head in true three-nager fashion!

Here is my best attempt to capture the sunset.  It doesn’t begin to do the real thing justice!

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One thing I love about this blog is the ways it forces me to take out my camera more often than I usually would.  I’ve captured so many sweet moments with Holden that otherwise may have been missed or just captured blurry iphone style.

Here are a few more of my favorite pictures from the day:

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So I realize that not everyone reading this blog has access to a beach or lake where they might hunt for driftwood.  If that’s you, see if you can find some other object that’s been affected by erosion.  Maybe you can find a stone that’s been worn smooth by wind and water or some other natural element that’s been worn down.  Let us know what you find, and never stop exploring!




Sarah Korhnak

A nature lover busy making her own backyard brilliant!

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